Iwo Jima Memorial

Welcome! This is the home of the world-famous (well, maybe locally well-known) SLR.

Our start time is at 8:00 AM for the rest of the year. Every Saturday we meet at North Meade Street Park, a small park northwest of the USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) in Rosslyn. The closest address for mapping purposes is 1300 Arlington Blvd, and street parking is available in the neighborhoods adjacent to N. Meade Street. Be mindful of parking signs, since Arlington County enforces them enthusiastically, and please do not park on Marine Memorial Circle (inside Iwo Jima), because this parking area is for memorial use only. At least one porta-john is available year-round near the Iwo Jima Memorial, and the memorial's water fountain is usually on during the summer.

We run rain or shine! In cases of extreme weather (snow, ice, thunderstorms, heat waves) we do occasionally either change our meeting time or cancel the run for safety, but the run will be held as planned unless otherwise posted via email/twitter/facebook and here on the SLR web page.

All are welcome! We're an informal group, and there are no requirements for speed, racing experience, or what distance means "long" for you, other than the suggested route that most of our group will be running each week. If you don't want to run the same distance or course as the main group, you can go out for half of your own target distance and re-trace your steps back to Iwo Jima. More specific route info and mileage options will be given in the email/post preceding each Saturday's run. SLR always features a run from our extensive Route Catalog, which gives us a wide range of options to keep things fresh for you each week. We have routes that are flat, hilly, looped, out & back, roads, sidewalks, trails, and more, reaching all around the local area of DC, VA, and MD!

For more details about Saturday Long Runs please read our Frequently Asked Questions to get a sense for what it's like to run with us, or send an email to Anna if you have any other questions that are not covered.

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Date Miles Route Map Navigation Downloads Post/Mid-Run Beverages
3/23 12 Water Route - Cherry Blossoms!! Cue Sheet & GPS  Jerry M. 
3/30 14 Southeast DC Cue Sheet & GPS  Jerry M.
4/6 15 Iron Triangle Cue Sheet & GPS Mid: Brian Y.
Post: Erik P.
4/13 14 Long Bridge Park Cue Sheet & GPS  
4/20 12 Piney Branch Cue Sheet & GPS  
4/27 18 Arboretum - Azaleas!! Cue Sheet & GPS  

SLR - 12 Miles - Water Route

Hello Saturday Long Runners!

Incredibly fitting route for this week considering the forecast for tomorrow! Get out your rain jackets and be prepared to be covered in falling cherry blossom leaves, which will hopefully still be on the trees for a little while once we get to the title basin. Now let's get into it:

The Route: As is tradition during peak bloom (or in our case 6-days-past-peak-bloom), tomorrow we'll be running the Water Route (strava, gps, pdf). We'll head down through Georgetown and over to Hains Point where we'll be treated to some rainfall that may get mistaken for snow with all the cherry blossom leaves blowing around. From here we'll head around the tidal basin and across the 14th Street Bridge to return to North Meade Park.

Want Something Shorter? Abandoning the tidal basin will cut off a little over a mile, skipping Hains will cut another three, so if you do both you'll be down to 8 (but you will miss all the cherry trees). The Smithsonian Metro stop is close by if you want to avoid running up the hill at the cemetery.

Need a Longer Route? Adding extra loops around Hains makes for some great speedwork opportunities and some extra time with the cherry trees. Adding on a loop of the Mall, an out and back on the Mount Vernon Trail, or an extra loop around the tidal basin will also get you a few more miles!

Thirsty? Thanks to Jerry for pre and post run drinks tomorrow! As the weather gets warmer, we're going to need more drink volunteers both during and after our runs, consider helping out and getting those Snowball Series volunteer credits. Despite its name, the water fountains along this route haven't been turned on as of this week (however we could get lucky)! Bring water for tomorrow!

Need a bathroom? Lincoln, Jefferson, and Washington (Monuments) all have bathrooms that should be open in the morning when we get there. There are also a plethora around Hains point, some of which will certainly be closed when you need them the most.

Brackets Already Busted? Well we've got the solution for you! Starting today and running until the end of March Madness, we'll be doing the first annual SLR Madness competition. 32 Routes split out by location (Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast), but only one route can be named champion. Look for polls across our social media (Instagram, Facebook) over the coming days and vote for which route is your favorite! I've been trying for a while to think of a good way to measure what sort of routes people enjoy the most in a way that isn't "take this list and rank them", so the information from here will also be used to help inform future SLR route choices (but don't worry, I know the regions are a little top heavy in some cases and we'll certainly be running all of these routes in the future). Make your predictions, argue why your favorite route shouldn't have been a seventh seed, and wait for that Oakland-Kentucky (or in our case Cathedral Clintons over the Big Loop) upset!

Happy Running!



SLR: 12 Miles Bluemont L Loop

Hello Saturday Long Runners!

Good luck to everyone racing at either Rock and Roll or Virginia Beach this weekend! Rock and Roll is this Saturday at 8 AM starting downtown and closing the Memorial Bridge, so plan ahead when getting to SLR! As such, we'll also be changing the route up in order to avoid the area (which unfortunately means we'll miss the Magnolia trees in the Haupt Garden, highly recommend going if you get the chance). The weather looks lovely for tomorrow, with temperatures in the upper 40s, with sun and no wind!

The Route: This week we'll be avoiding downtown and any bridges with a classic Bluemont L Loop (strava, gps, pdf). We'll start by heading up to Ballston via Wilson Boulevard then heading down the Bluemont Trail to the W&OD. From here we'll head west until making a right onto the Custis trail, which we'll follow down to the Mount Vernon Trail, under the Memorial Bridge, and back to the park via the 110 Trail. There are some lovely trees blooming along the way that are sure to be a treat!

Want Something Shorter? Instead of heading onto the Bluemont Trail, take a right and go down Custis for about 9 miles instead of 12. Another way to cut off some distance and miss some of the hills is to turn at Lynn Street back into Rosslyn instead of going on the Mount Vernon Trail. This will also net you a little over 9 miles.

Need a Longer Route? An out and back along the W&OD or Mount Vernon Trail makes it easy to get some more mileage. My personal favorite is to head down near the 14th Street Bridge for some views of the not-quite-blooming-yet cherry trees across the river.

Thirsty? The water fountains along the W&OD and Custis have been on all winter and it's a safe bet they'll stay that way. Check them out at the corner of the W&OD and Custis and along Custis right after Ballston!

Need a Bathroom? The ones along the W&OD should be opening momentarily (if anyone knows the date off the top of their head let me know! Usually it's mid-November to mid-March). Otherwise there are plenty of Starbucks along Wilson that I've used many times in a pinch.

The next club race is the Finally-Back-At-Fort-Hunt 10K this Sunday! Register or better yet, volunteer and get those Snowball Series credits out of the way!

Happy Running!



SLR: 10 Miles Chain Bridge Loop

Hello Saturday Long Runners!

For those running Shamrock next weekend, congratulations! You've made it to the last long run of the training cycle and that's something to be proud of. The weather tomorrow looks, well, bad quite frankly. Low 40s and raining is no ones favorite conditions, but remember: better now than on race day (flashback to 2018 Boston, which was much worse). Now let's get into it:

The Route: What I've affectionately nicknamed The Hilly Loop: it's Chain Bridge (strava, gps, pdf) week at SLR! We'll head up the Rosslyn hill before making a sharp left down the bike path and following it to Lorcom Lane up the hill before making a right onto Nelly Custis Drive where we'll crest the hill and veer right through the traffic circle onto Military Road. We'll climb two more hills along Military, the last of which will lead us to the corner of Old North Glebe, where we'll take a right then a left onto North Randolph Street and a right down the bike path and the big hill to the Chain Bridge. From here we'll enjoy a gradual downhill back to Georgetown and across the bridge to Rosslyn.

Want Something Shorter? An out and back on Military Road is your best bet for a shorter run. Alternatively, make it a loop and head back a slightly different direction to Custis (most roads lead there eventually).

Need a Longer Route? We've got plenty of options for bridges this week! Taking Memorial Bridge back and going straight to the park will make it 12 miles and taking Memorial Bridge and going up through Rosslyn will be 13. The 14th Street Bridge makes for a convenient 14 miler if you come back up by the Cemetery and 15 miles if you go through Rosslyn. For any more than that, throw in a loop of Hains for 18+.

Thirsty? The water fountain at mile 3.5 at Zachary Taylor Park has been a lifesaver on many, many runs. Additional water can be found at Fletcher's Cove Boathouse, just take a right off the canal and head down the steps and it's on the left.

Need a Bathroom? There's a portopotty around mile 4.3 at the Nature Center and working bathrooms (with indoor plumbing!) at Fletcher's Cove! I've also had a lot of luck with construction sites in front yards, so keep an eye out.

The Banquet is this Sunday March 10th at 4:30 at Maggiano's Little Italy in Friendship Heights and we need your help to hit quorum! In order to elect officers for the next calendar year, we need at least 50 attendees who are members in good standing. Sign up today!



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